A family of herbs or low shrubs that have fleshy, undivided leaves and showy flowers which are regular and have many petals. The plants occur in temperate southern continents including Australia, but the family is most developed in S. Africa. Hottentot figs (Carpobrotus) of S. Africa are often cultivated as ornamentals, and have edible fruits. There are about 115 genera and 2410 species.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.